2019 Long Lists and Finalists
Thank you everyone who entered the 2019 Short Story and Flash Fiction competitions. We loved the increasing variety and strength of the stories entered this year. It was no easy task arriving at this selection of stories long-listed for the awards, or indeed choosing the finalists. For those who did not succeed,this year, please keep trying. One author has entered every year since the competition began - and this year made it as a finalist for the first time! More will be revealed after our awards dinner on 5th October 2019, when the prize-winners in both competitions will be announced.
Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition
An Evening with Casper Roth
Last Day at the Archive
Sammy, the Queen and a Nice Lady
A Very Anxious Case
An Orange from Two Miles Away
As If A Faulty Mirror
Blast from the Past
Gust in the Gusset
The Eighth Day
The Marmalade Cat and the Marvellous Coat
Scottish Arts Club Short Story Award
Open to writers worldwide
First prize: £1000 Second prize £500 Third prize £250
Plus: Publication in our next anthology; a dedicated page on our website to promote your work and one year free membership of the Scottish Arts Club for main prize winners; signed copies of an Alexander McCall Smith book for all six finalists.
The Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition is open to writers worldwide, for stories on any topic up to 2000 words.
Alexander McCall Smith continues as chair of the judging panel and will select the prize-winners. Anyone familiar with Alexander McCall Smith’s work will know that the historic Scottish Arts Club, situated in Rutland Square, often features in his popular 44 Scotland Street novels. McCall Smith has been the chief judge of the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition since its inception in 2014.
A team of dedicated readers assists the selection process. Alexander McCall Smith makes the final selection of the winner and other prizes.
Please note: You do not have to be Scottish to enter this competition
Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award
Sins of the father
The Way of Things
Yesterday I killed a goldfish
I would never hurt you
Life on the Margins
The Travelling Circus
Isobel Lodge Award
Open to unpublished writers, born, living or studying in Scotland
First prize: £500
The Isobel Lodge Award is open to unpublished writers born, living or studying in Scotland who enter the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition.
A collection of Isobel Lodge’s stories, plays and poetry is now available in paperback or kindle formats with funds from sales supporting the Isobel Lodge Award. Read more…
Open to writers worldwide
1st prize: £600
2nd prize £300
3rd prize £150
Plus an additional award for writers resident in Scotland
£300 GOLDEN HARE AWARD FOR SCOTTISH FLASH FICTION
The top six finalists will be invited to attend our 2020 Edinburgh Flash Dinner at the Scottish Arts Club to be held in February 2020.
Publication in our next anthology for all finalists. All long-listed authors will also be offered publication plus a free copy of the print edition.
All finalists will be offered a dedicated page on our website to promote their work, with one year free membership of the Scottish Arts Club for main prize winners.
The Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award is open to writers worldwide, published and unpublished, and for stories up to 250 words.
Author Sandra Ireland is the chief judge for the flash fiction competition. Sandra is an award winning poet and critically acclaimed author of ‘The Unmaking of Ellie Rook’, ‘Bone Deep ‘ and 'Beneath the Skin' as well as the first winner of the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition.
We hope to publish finalists and long-listed stories in our next anthology. Meanwhile, The Desperation Game and other stories from the Scottish Arts Trust Awards Volume One is on sale now.
“From the romantic to the dystopian, from crime to magical realism, from laugh-out-loud stories to the tales that keep you thinking, this is a colourful collection from the first five years of the Scottish Arts Trust Story Awards.”
Alexander McCall Smith
Our competitions are managed by the Scottish Arts Trust and run by volunteers with a passion for short literature.
All proceeds are used to support the arts in Scotland. Registered charity SC044753 www.scottishartstrust.org